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Corn Silk – Removal or Remedy?

Corn Silk – Removal or Remedy?

Corn on the cob is a wonderful seasonal treat…although if you don’t like corn then maybe not so wonderful. If you shuck it yourself, (shucking equates to removing the outer leaves or husks) or watch a loved one do it for you; then you are aware of all those tenacious threads or strings sticking out from the tip of an ear of corn that nature loving provided for your cleanup pleasure. That tassel of shiny, threadlike fibers is known as corn silk.

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What Is Corn Silk?

The term “corn silk,” that describes hundreds of light-yellow threads protruding from the tip of an ear of corn, first appeared in print around the early 1850s. Each thread is connected to one corn kernel with the purpose of capturing pollen to fertilize the attached kernel. Each ear of corn may contain 400 to 1000 threads of silk.

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Corn Silk Removal and Disposal

Picking the silk off husked corn is a chore few people enjoy, and if too many threads remain for mealtime, the person who performed the task is likely to get complaints rather than sympathy. And cleanup of the silk off a floor, patio, or clothing can also be a daunting task. Placing corn silk in a garbage disposal is not recommended because the threads will expand with moisture potentially causing drain blockages. They’re several tricks some creative individuals use to more easily remove corn silk. This is one example:

Alternative Uses of Corn Silk

corn silk tea

As an alternative to disposal, corn silk can be used to make teas and dry powder supplements. Corn silk is naturally rich in vitamins C and K and is also very high in potassium. Corn was first cultivated 7,000 to 10,000 years ago in Mexico and the silk from corn has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for several ailments. While there is little medical evidence to support these claims, corn silk (mostly in the form of a tea) is believed by some to have the following medical benefits:

  • Diuretic
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Reduce inner eye pressure
  • Reduce bedwetting
  • Kidney health
  • Prostrate health
  • Hair growth supplement
  • Weight loss
  • Skin lightening
  • Dog incontinence

Be aware, there are potential side effects, their importance specific to an individual’s state of health.

The following is a link to more information on the subject:

Corn Silk Benefits by Superfoodly

Corn silk tea can be purchased in tea bags, but if you would like to make your own, the link above on Benefits contains a recipe or this site:

The Nerdy Farm Wife

Corn silk has also been used for the following:

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  • Makeup
  • Hair conditioner
  • Cabbage Patch Kid dolls (some utilized corn silk for hair.)


I am a fiction writer, but research topics and provide posts like the one above for enlightenment and entertainment. If you liked it, please take a look at some of my other posts and my home page, R. A. Andrade. This post was prompted by the following passage in my novel, Three Remain:

Instinctively, Glen yanked both Sunshine and Traci to the ground. There was a clap of thunder as the projectile detonated, shrapnel shearing the tops of the cornstalks surrounding them.

A few pale-yellow kernels of corn hit Sunshine’s head.

“I suspect they are not friendly,” he whispered, looking at the corn silk draped in her hair like tinsel thrown haphazardly on a Christmas tree. “Stay down. Let’s crawl.”